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EOS Bodies / Re: 5dmkii june '10 firmware update for manual film control
« on: February 19, 2011, 11:43:29 AM »
Fadein and fadeouts are best done in post.  Doing it with a camera lens is not going to be very satisfactory.  In post production, you can get it timed to the specific frame and can redo it until it comes out the way that looks best.

EOS Bodies / Re: Something Coming March 1?
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:54:50 PM »
So, if you can wait about 6 months or so, the price will come down significantly and you'll sure what you'll get. That's what I did when 7D came out.

I ordered my 5D MK II minutes after the announcement well over 2 years ago, it had no issues and the price for a new one is still the same.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5dmkii june '10 firmware update for manual film control
« on: February 18, 2011, 12:50:14 PM »
The 5D MK II will let you change the aperture during shooting if you are using full manual control.  The image will get darker or brighter, so if you are trying to change depth of field, you will also need to change the accordingly.

The 5D MK II is not a camcorder, and Canon specifically recommends that you do not change the aperture during shooting, but they allow you to do it if you want.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D vs 7D with FF in the near future:
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:59:28 PM »
Does the 60D have the function like the 5D MII (I know the 7D does not) where on live view the viewfinder is automatically shut? Something inside of me still says get the 7D.

My 5D MK II does not have any automatic shutter for the eyepiece, there is a external eyepiece cover you must put over it to block light.  Same for 7D and all the Rebels.

For those cameras with liveview, the mirror comes up and blocks most of the light in the eyepiece, but for long exposure times, I'd still cover it.

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 07:46:01 PM »
I would think that the higher power output of the 580 EX II requires the best possible cooling.  PW needs those shields over the flash so their faulty control unit will work further than 30 ft away. 

Heat destroys electronics, and is likely taking its toll.

Fortunately, I stayed away from the new PW units when it became apparent that they would not work for more than a few feet, and that they did not work with the 5D MK II.  Eventually, they figured out how to make them work with a 5D MK II, but the blanket wrapped around the flash is pure hokum.

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 03:43:41 PM »
I've been using three 580 EX II's without a PW for years with no issues.  The PW's though have had plenty of problems, and require a circuit change in the 580 EX II to reduce RF and increase the range slightly, or a wierd wrap around device.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d Mkiii vs 7d... I know, I know
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:33:32 AM »
I have a 1D3 as a backup to my 1Ds3. I have a chance to sell it for a couple grand, and was thinking of doing so and getting the 7d... Will the iq be as good or better? I shoot with all L glass, for magazine and newspaper print primarily. I'm looking to keep the fps versatility and hopefully increase low light / high ISO over the 1D's. I know the 1D4 would be a preffered choice, but I'd rather wait for the next 1Ds before spending that much.  I klnow this has been covered on other forums, but couldn't find a recent rundown.  Thanks.

I sold my 1D MK II and bought a 7D.  I returned it right away.  Then I bought a 1D MK III.  Its a much better camera overall.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D & 7D Rebates coming February 20
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:22:53 AM »
Canon has rebates, late spring and late fall.  This seems to be one of the short term in-between rebates.  Probably to soften the recent increase in lens pricing.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D & 7D Rebates coming February 20
« on: February 16, 2011, 08:51:15 PM »
They were in the fall rebates as well.  it probably has more to do with nikon rebates and the need to match them.

The 60d is a new model, and 7D is not that old.  They won't be replaced this year.

Lenses / Re: EF-S L Lenses
« on: February 16, 2011, 05:49:35 PM »
Well a blue ring would look nice.  :D

At one time, Canon sold screw on colored rings to customize the color of your lens, and blue was one of the colors.

Then, there was the much vaunted Canon 20-400mm f/2.8 zoom which had a blue ring.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D & 7D Rebates coming February 20
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:45:15 PM »
Tranfer rates are determined by the weakest component in the path and I do not believe that the camera tech/hardware is able to push data at those rates (yet and probably intentional).  This greatly diminshes the memory card rating importance as the specified transfer rated are not (and probably never will be) achieved in actual usage.  There is probably not that much difference in use between a mid level and a high level card (say 60 and 100 MB/s)

Also the manufacturers tend to exagurate (a little) and actual vs. theoretical in real world scenarios are (quite) different.

Some real world testing here. 

The fastest camera / memory combination I saw during a quicl look was the Sony A=900 at 35.5 MB/sec.  Thats pretty fast.  The Canon 5D MK II manages 32.6 MB/sec.  He did not test any cameras with SD memory.

For flash memory, CF card to computer transfers were tested 97.3 MB/sec with the fastest reader and cards.

SD memory doesn't really come close, with about 25 MB/sec being the fastest card to computer.

Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-60 f/2.8 IS [CR1]
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:25:36 PM »
One of the reasons you might want to use a faster shutter speed with a 7d is the higher pixel density.  Even a tiny movement will show blur at the pixel level, while the much larger pizels of a FF may not get smeared with the same amount of movement. 

However, the resultant image viewed at the same print size won't show it, just peeping at 1:1 magnification.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Baby goats with Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:16:58 PM »
We have some new babies, baby Nigerian Dwarf goats.  They were born 2 nights ago, but are out enjoying the mild weather we've been having, hardly any snow left.

I selected my 135mm L for the images on my 5D MK II, it let me stand back a little but still fill the frame.

Its really difficult to get a good exposure, the DR is tremendous from almost pure black to pure white.  I did crop them so I could see their features and markings better. Both are females.

I don't think they eat grain yet, but this one is curious and checking it out.  They nurse the mother goat.

Lenses / Re: CR Guy's Fav Lenses - 24 f/1.4L II?
« on: February 16, 2011, 02:52:15 PM »
I considered a 24mm, but bought the 35mm L because a review of my images told me i'd use it more.  The 24mm L is definitely on my wish list, I tried one and loved it instantly.

There are not really many 24mm f/1.4 lenses to choose from.

Canon General / Re: Photographer Profile: Drew "Rukes" Ressler
« on: February 16, 2011, 11:24:18 AM »
hi, nice profile!

but this is not club photography, this is stage or concert photography.
since djs have stage shows like rockstars, there is no difference.
club photography, what i know, is in dark and foggy clubs with no lights.
concerts like this in the profile have a lot of light, you dont need a lens like 1,2/85.

if you looking at his gallery, the clubphotos from avalon (f.e. felix da housecat)
there is boring frontflash, not the best choise. also the view of the dj from behind,
i dont like this so much. this could be better - that is possible.


We'd love to see the professional "good" photography you do, post some.

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